The Visible ManBook | Chuck Klosterman By Tony Maglio
An invisible man reveals himself to his therapist.
In The Visible Man, Chuck Klosterman takes us through a running journal and the pieced-together memories of obsessed therapist Victoria Vick and her complex professional (and ultimately somewhat personal) relationship with an anonymous patient. Referred to throughout the story simply as Y___, the antagonist (or is he the protagonist?) represents himself as a former government scientist who uncovered the secret of invisibility. It seems far-fetched (both in the context and in real life), but it's written in a way that allows you to somewhat easily suspend that all-important disbelief.
Y__ uses his power for neither good nor bad. Essentially, he uses it for nothingness. He is simply an observer of human behavior, and he gets pretty up close and personal to find nuances within otherwise mundane individuals. Klosterman is as crafty as ever creating a page-turner about nothing (save for the whole invisibility thing) until it all comes to a head at the end. It's kind of like a Seinfeld episode for your bookshelf. Klosterman takes on our biggest fear and talks about something we all hope to keep secret - how we behave when we believe no one is watching.
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